Amy Jones and Texas Buddha were sitting on his back porch watching lightening bugs on a humid Austin evening.

Amy decided to put TB on the spot. “Do you believe in God?”

Finishing a sip of iced tea, TB answered, “In my way of understanding, one does not believe in religious symbols, but through them into a deeper sense of reality. Every symbol reveals some things obscures others.”

Amy thought for a moment, “So what does the symbol God reveal?”

“The symbol God can be used to remember that infinity which is always outside our widest allegiance, that primordial depth which is always beneath our deepest emotions, and that playful mystery which is always between our clearest distinctions.”

“And when does the symbol God obscure reality?”

“Whenever it is used to prove a theory, justify a cause, or replace human relationships.”